Monday, November 30, 2015

Where Do Liberal and Conservative Skepticism of Liberty Come From?

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-544-where-do-liberal-and-conservative-skepticism-of-liberty-come-from/

I've had a chance to discuss various issues with neoconservatives and progressives, and the origins of their beliefs are accurately discussed on this podcast. The frequent surface disagreements originate from differences in fundamental axioms about the nature of man.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Per-Capita Comparison of Gun Statistics

https://mises.org/library/mass-shootings-state-makes-us-less-safe

Don't forget to adjust for per-capita when comparing gun statistics. Is the failure to do so intentional or due to incompetence?

 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

What To Be Thankful For

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/11/andrew-p-napolitano/thankful/

So many unanswered questions and moral hypocrisy.

Thanks to the Internet, the Truth of government corruption is being revealed and an awakening is occurring across the world against the tyranny of government.

Just as Jesus railed against the religious hypocrisy of Pharisees and Martin Luther against the Catholic Church, can we not see the moral hypocrisy of our own Government overlords?


Today, I'm thankful that the government can never take away our inalienable right for life, liberty, and personal property. As free creatures made in God's image and likeness, we are free to reject man-made government.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

War With Russia to Defend ISIS?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/11/jack-perry/war-russia-defend-isis/

So, I'm scratching my head wondering why in the hell Turkey would shoot down a Russian jet. Turkey's reasons make no sense (Granted Russia flying so close to the border is dumb within itself). So two possibilities arise:

1) The Turkish attack was a result of only Turkish incompetence.
2) The Turkish attack is being motivated by ulterior motives not being openly discussed.


For #1, I can't imagine anyone is this short-sighted. There's dumb, and then there's DUMB. If you don't know how DUMB the Turkey attack was, check out: https://twitter.com/wikileaks and other sources explaining how nonsensical the Turkish account is.

For #2, crap. Did Turkey get the "green light" from someone in Washington, D.C.? That's the next plausible explanation. If they are half-way competent in Turkey, there's no way in hell they would shoot down a Russian jet unless they KNEW they had bigger guns backing them, which defaults to the US.

I wasn't awake enough for the shit-show of the case for Operation Iraqi Freedom, but I'd imagine I'd be getting deja vu of machinations playing before our very eyes for Syria.

What kind of crazy games are our politician overlords playing? Is Assad such a great threat that it's worth defending ISIS from Russia?

It's times like this that I'm glad ‪#‎WikiLeaks‬ is around. Someone needs to leak the cable or communication where Turkey got the "green light" to shoot down the Russian jet from the US.

[Heck, maybe US and Russia are in cohoots on this together and this is the "World Shadow Government's" attempt to consolidate power into the hands of the few. OK, I'll admit I've been listening to too much ‪#‎AlexJones‬. I'm not convinced there exists enough evidence to support a World Shadow Government.

Maybe life is all just a VR simulation.]

Monday, November 23, 2015

Promoting Democracy by Initiating Violence

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-22/cold-reality-post-paris-world-freedom-promotion-agenda-has-failed

You see, America loves democracy so damn much, that the US is fully prepared to impose it upon recalcitrant countries by force. Sure, that may seem oxymoronic, but it’s really just well meaning paternalism. After all, what better way to endear the local population to an occupying force and sow the seeds for the establishment of democratic institutions than to come in shooting after you’ve leveled a couple of cities with cruise missiles and airstrikes?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Moral Absolutes and Ad Hominem Attacks

When you look at reality from a view that there exists moral absolutes (Moral Absolutism) and that one can come to a better understanding of what those moral absolutes are based on rational discourse, you quickly realize you're in the small minority of people who actually believe that.

In fact, the mere act of searching for Truth through questioning various positions is met with Ad Hominem attacks from those who believe that all truths are just as valid as any other truth claims (Moral Relativism).


And there are those who are Moral Absolutists, but disconnect it from the intellect: "And honestly, I'm not particularly interested in engaging in a drawn-out intellectual debate on the subject because to me this isn't an issue of intellect, it's of basic humanity, compassion, and empathy."

The disconnect of intellect with Moral Absolutes means that the only means one can come to an understanding of these Moral Absolutes is to simply take it entirely by "faith" or "emotion." Which morality ultimately "wins" rests entirely by appealing to the changing sands of emotional & cultural predispositions.

Considering the condition of today's politics and thinking patterns of the world throughout history to the present, it is I who am irrational to have the expectation that most of my colleagues use rational means, rather than emotion, to ultimately address these moral principles.

Would you rather be right, and be alone? Or would you rather live contrary to your Principles, and be embraced by the World?

I've already made that choice long ago.

On Intellectual Discourse & Expectations

When you look at reality from a view that there exists moral absolutes (Moral Absolutism) and that one can come to a better understanding of what those moral absolutes are based on rational discourse, you quickly realize you're in the small minority of people who actually believe that.

In fact, the mere act of searching for Truth through questioning various positions is met with Ad Hominem attacks from those who believe that all truths are just as valid as any other truth claims (Moral Relativism).


And there are those who are Moral Absolutists, but disconnect it from the intellect: "And honestly, I'm not particularly interested in engaging in a drawn-out intellectual debate on the subject because to me this isn't an issue of intellect, it's of basic humanity, compassion, and empathy."

The disconnect of intellect with Moral Absolutes means that the only means one can come to an understanding of these Moral Absolutes is to simply take it entirely by "faith" or "emotion." Which morality ultimately "wins" rests entirely by appealing to the changing sands of emotional & cultural predispositions.

Considering the condition of today's politics and thinking patterns of the world throughout history to the present, it is I who am irrational to have the expectation that most of my colleagues use rational means, rather than emotion, to ultimately address these moral principles.

Would you rather be right, and be alone? Or would you rather live contrary to your Principles, and be embraced by the World?

I've already made that choice long ago.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Public Indoctrination

https://youtu.be/cf4uEsceFhM

For Public Education, I see its primary function as a means to teach technical skills and abilities for which will be directly translated into the productive work force. Public Education should not be used to indoctrinate or act as surrogate parents teaching morality or producing a "sheepish" mentality to "respect State authority." Teaching "social skills" are also something I don't believe should be the function of the State, as "social skills" is ultimately a very subjective matter as our SJW-brethren accurately point out.


From this perspective stems the understanding that Public Schools are filled with tremendous layers of waste and fluff. Also, it can be understood that there are much more cost effective means to obtain these goals through Internet resources.

The less time my kids can spend in the Public Indoctrination system, the better. Hopefully they will be intellectually curious enough on their own accord that they will desire to skip the endless amounts of BS in middle school / high school for which I support.

I suppose then, that my biggest responsibility is to counter the influence of State indoctrination, and encourage my children to challenge the "Establishment" and question everything and anyone. Especially me.

What Must Be Done: Public Education

For Public Education, I see its primary function as a means to teach technical skills and abilities for which will be directly translated into the productive work force. Public Education should not be used to indoctrinate or act as surrogate parents teaching morality or producing a "sheepish" mentality to "respect State authority." Teaching "social skills" are also something I don't believe should be the function of the State, as "social skills" is ultimately a very subjective matter as our SJW-brethren accurately point out.


From this perspective stems the understanding that Public Schools are filled with tremendous layers of waste and fluff. Also, it can be understood that there are much more cost effective means to obtain these goals through Internet resources.

The less time my kids can spend in the Public Indoctrination system, the better. Hopefully they will be intellectually curious enough on their own accord that they will desire to skip the endless amounts of BS in middle school / high school for which I support.

I suppose then, that my biggest responsibility is to counter the influence of State indoctrination, and encourage my children to challenge the "Establishment" and question everything and anyone. Especially me.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf4uEsceFhM

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Paris Attacks Are Just Part of the Game for Global "Leaders"

If a drone destroyed your child’s school or a mall where your loved ones were shopping (or even a hospital) would you not feel a sense of overwhelming rage and a desire to “get back” at whoever sent that drone? I am not suggesting such actions motivated by revenge are justified, but rather simply pointing out that this desire for revenge is a natural, primal human response. So given this knowledge, why do we keep throwing rocks at the hornet’s nest if we know the hornets will without fail sting us?

https://mises.org/blog/paris-attacks-are-just-part-game-global-leaders

Saturday, November 14, 2015

US Foreign Policy and SJW

I just realized that US Foreign Policy is like SJWs using violence to create "safe spaces," except that US Foreign Policy will murder children and innocents to propel the cause of "Democracy and Freedom."

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Source of Social Justice Warrior's Lack of Critical Thinking

If you think about the implications of the distorted views of the current "Social Justice Movement" at college campuses, it does lead you to wonder where these students learned this behavior. The Public School system comes to my mind immediately. From 1997 - 2001, in Shorewood High School, I never learned this kind of authoritarian style of Justice, and I was part of some clubs on campuses that were Progressive in nature.

Are High Schools now fundamentally different? The terms "trigger warning" and "micro-regressions" have really only sprung up in the last two years. Have they been brewing under the surface at High Schools previous to this as "learned behavior?"


I hope that in the next 7 years, by the time Chloe goes into Middle School / High School, that I will have the option to opt out of the Public School System, get my $10,000 back per year, per child, and to educate my children as I see fit (private or home school).

If Education is a "right" (which I would question) then shouldn't one have the "right" to choose which School to put your child in and subsequently be able to self-direct the tax dollars taken away at the point of a gun?

If Universities are supposed to be the bastion / pinnacle of "free thinking" then how much worse is it really in public High Schools?

This is very concerning, but luckily, I have quite a bit of time to sort it out.

Social Justice Warriors & the State of Public Schools

If you think about the implications of the distorted views of the current "Social Justice Movement" at college campuses, it does lead you to wonder where these students learned this behavior. The Public School system comes to my mind immediately. From 1997 - 2001, in Shorewood High School, I never learned this kind of authoritarian style of Justice, and I was part of some clubs on campuses that were Progressive in nature.

Are High Schools now fundamentally different? The terms "trigger warning" and "micro-regressions" have really only sprung up in the last two years. Have they been brewing under the surface at High Schools previous to this as "learned behavior?"


I hope that in the next 7 years, by the time Chloe goes into Middle School / High School, that I will have the option to opt out of the Public School System, get my $10,000 back per year, per child, and to educate my children as I see fit (private or home school).

If Education is a "right" (which I would question) then shouldn't one have the "right" to choose which School to put your child in and subsequently be able to self-direct the tax dollars taken away at the point of a gun?

If Universities are supposed to be the bastion / pinnacle of "free thinking" then how much worse is it really in public High Schools?

This is very concerning, but luckily, I have quite a bit of time to sort it out.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Minecraft on Children's Confidence

I wonder to what degree Minecraft has on early development for building confidence for young children.

Chloe was fearful of fighting monsters in a virtual world, but overcame her fear by exploring caves with Daddy. Does that translate in any meaningful way to the real world?

It'll be hard to separate that from the fact that my kids and I enjoy spending time with one another playing a computer game, and that has benefits within itself.


I do plan on becoming a relatively early adopter of VR (perhaps Gen 2), so the implications of VR on social interactions both intra and inter family will be very interesting to observe.

What happens when I start adding in two additional kids into the multiplayer experience? Will their social bonding they develop translate into real-world cooperation?

If sports are any indication, this would seem to be true.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

POLITICALLY CORRECTNESS", KOREANS, & THE AD HOMINEM FALLACY

Progressives LOVE to point out how you're being "hostile," "impolite," and "antagonistic," when you disagree with their beliefs using rational statements in an attempt to discredit the substance of your argument. This "character assassination" is a common logical fallacy called the "Ad Hominem" fallacy.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_hominem


Sometimes, it's linked to "Willful Ignorance," in that Progressives will espouse "Ad Hominem" attacks to justify why they will ignore other evidence, or use Circular Reasoning (“I cannot agree with that source because it is untrustworthy because it disagrees with me”.)

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Willful_ignorance

This is not isolated to just Progressives, and also applies to many "on the right" (ie. Drug War, Foreign Entanglements, etc.).

I see this quite a bit with my own family members as well (for which I will now learn to abstain from discussing matters of substance), and unfortunately, I see this behavior very commonly on Facebook when I attempt to discuss Anti-Statist perspectives.

For me, a rational discussion is the only way by which we can peacefully come to an understanding between two, diametrically opposed views. This is very difficult when the other side continually thwarts productive discussion by throwing in logical fallacies such as, Ad Hominem attacks, Circular Reasoning, and Willful Ignorance.

Let's look at some definitions of words I used above:

HOSTILE - opposed; unfriendly; antagonistic
IMPOLITE - not having or showing good manners; rude
ANTAGONISTIC - showing or feeling active opposition toward someone or something

By definition, merely "disagreeing" with someone on Facebook has automatically labeled you "impolite" or "hostile." In Korean circles (and probably many other Asian cultures), disagreeing with your Elders, even with rationale, is considered sacrilegious. Perhaps this comes from the Confucius roots, but damned be "the Truth." The greater good is "harmony" within the community and not what is actually "True." By disagreeing with an opinion, and voicing that disagreement, therefore is morally abhorrent and discredits any statements you make.

I'll make a video that fleshes out these concepts as I've seen them in real life both in Korean churches, my personal life, and discussions in politics.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Justice for All Minorities?

http://spectator.org/articles/62729/justice-all-minorities

You got to love ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ for disregarding the true victims of inner-city rioting. ‪#‎AsianLivesMatter‬

Stop lumping in Asians for the crimes of the white-man. If you feel it's morally justified, expropriate from the actual "people group" who are responsible for the inequalities of the country, and exempt the Asian Immigrants from your crusade to "balance the scales."

Asians end up getting screwed along with the white-man in the black/white narrative. Can someone show me the ‪#‎AsianPrivilege‬ so I can claim my check?